Seattle University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program graduates diverse, ethical, reflective, clinically skilled and multiculturally competent counselors for the profession. Preparing students to work in various mental health settings, this master's of arts degree program includes an internship at a mental health counseling agency such as youth service bureaus, mental health centers and correctional facilities. Housed in the College of Education, this established, highly regarded graduate counseling program is designed for the working student that values ethics, diversity and social justice.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is based on the belief that effective counselors have:

  • a sense of personal identity and an understanding of the process of identity formation that guides their work and governs their professional ethics
  • a commitment to social justice and working with diverse populations
  • a thorough grounding in basic counseling skills compatible with any theoretical orientation
  • knowledge of a variety of classical and contemporary counseling theories and ability to integrate these into their own evolving theoretical foundation
  • managed the stresses of a demanding profession by developing effective coping skills
  • developed a professional and personal support system to nourish and sustain them

Program Features


The faculty's commitment to excellence is grounded in the program's mission and reflected in its accreditation. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the leading accrediting body for graduate counseling programs. Visit the CACREP Accreditation page to find out more.

Program Mission

As a premier program in the Pacific Northwest, the mission of Seattle University's graduate counseling program is to prepare diverse, ethical, reflective, clinically skilled, and multiculturally competent counselors to become leaders and advocates who confront injustice and provide quality service in diverse communities. Find out more about the program objective here.